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“To gild refined gold / to paint the lily / to throw perfume on the violet / is just fucking silly.”

The amazing Tim Minchin teamed up with an incredibly talented illustrator to create this stunning animated version of his poem “Storm”.

Written and performed by Tim Minchin. Animated by DC Turner.

Mencken vs. The Philistine

He was not so much hostile to beauty as devoid of any consciousness of it; he stood as unmoved before its phenomena as a savage before a table of logarithms.

-H. L. Mencken, “Puritanism as a Literary Force”

Inception, Light on the Heidegger

I finally saw Inception tonight, and I’m going to try very hard to give this brief review without straying into scoffing philosophy grad student territory.

I liked it. A lot. The characterization was decent, even if some of the characters were pretty obviously written in for the sake of utility. The plot was engaging and I was pleasantly surprised that Christopher Nolan used a lighter touch than I thought he would. Dreams and subjective reality are the sort of thing with which a lot of directors and writers can get masturbatory. (Cf. the Wachowski Brothers, who let their fun, engaging franchise quickly devolve into a carnival of philosophical Onanism.)

The pacing was impeccable (important in a movie that uses time as so much of a plot device) and the ending was deftly handled enough that it had my Lady Friend and I slap-fighting over our two diametrically opposed interpretations. Well played there, Mr. Nolan.

The film also features the best use of an Edith Piaf song in any movie, ever.

All in all, I highly recommend it. Or would, if I weren’t the last person on the entire planet to see it. Definitely worth the price of a rental or a spot on your NetFlix queue.

What Have You Done in the Past 48 Hours?

5-minute video conceived, shot, edited, and scored all in 48 hours. Remarkably good polish and production, good acting, superb fit and finish. Welcome to the Future of Cinema:

PRECISION from Andrew James Sykes on Vimeo.

Richard Brautigan Interlude

“Gee, You’re so Beautiful That It’s Starting to Rain”
By Richard Brautigan

Oh, Marcia,
I want your long blonde beauty
to be taught in high school,
so kids will learn that God
lives like music in the skin
and sounds like a sunshine harpsicord.
I want high school report cards
to look like this:

Playing with Gentle Glass Things
A

Computer Magic
A

Writing Letters to Those You Love
A

Finding out about Fish
A

Marcia’s Long Blonde Beauty
A+!

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